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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a compelling novel,

written in the period just after W.W.II. It details the life of one man, Winston Smith, and his struggles with an undoubtedly

fascist government. The book is set approximately in the year 1984, in which Winston's society is ruled by a governing force

known as "The Party". At the head of this government is a fictional figure known as Big Brother, to whom all citizens must love

and respect. In this society, privacy and freedom do not exist. People are constantly monitored by telescreens, and subjected

to a constant barrage of propaganda. Any devious thought or action is dealt with by cruel and deadly punishment. Winston is a

worker in one of the government agencies. His job: to rewrite the past so that The Party, specifically Big Brother, appears to

be omnipotent. From as long as he can remember, he has despised The Party and what it stood for, although he doesn't reveal

his true feelings to anyone around him. When Winston begins a torrid love affair with one of the young women in his agency

named Julia, he finds someone else who shares in his beliefs. The two have several meetings throughout the book, in which they

discuss their hatred for the government. They join a secret alliance called The Brotherhood, who's specific purpose is the end

of The Party. Through the literature of The Brotherhood, they learn about the inner workings of The Party and how it

accomplishes its stronghold on the people. The world as Winston knows it comes crashing down when he and Julia are

arrested by the thought police, a faction of the government which deals with those who do not agree and abide by the ways of

The Party. They are taken to a prison unlike any other. Winston is constantly tortured and beaten, until he confesses to crimes

which he didn't commit or never even happened. If the party just killed Winston right away, they might run the risk of making a

martyr out of him. Instead they re-educate him with the morals of The Party, using such techniques as pain, starvation, and

using Winston's greatest fear against him. Once re- educated, he is introduced back into society. But he is not the same person,

just a hollow shell. Winston had once said in the novel that if he could die hating Big Brother, then he would have won. But

when Winston is finally killed, the only thing he can think is that he love...

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...ten path in search of a greater truth. The novel also caused myself to reflect

upon how important it was that such tyrannical dictators such as Hitler have been stopped, sometimes with great costs, from

making life unbearable. Reading this novel gave me a great sense of hope for human kind, as we have been able to keep

totalitarian movements under control. Maybe sometimes people can get carried away with a lust for power, but it will always

come back to living in a society that is tolerable to everyone. It is safe to say that a Utopian society will never exist, but we

must make an effort to get as close as we can. Many disputes which occur today are because of petty differences between

people. Although there are some flaws in human nature, we have always been able to keep from digging a grave too deep to

climb out of. It is scary to think how close the world could have come to having a society like the one in Nineteen Eighty Four,

and know that we as humans have to gain a better understanding of one another. I enjoyed reading this book because not only

did it give the reader something exciting to read, but it also was able to put an interesting perspective on life itself.
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